This study is the latest in what is a growing body of research supporting a vegetarian diet to prevent heart disease.
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TORONTO, ON (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
Lean On Life, a leading healthy lifestyle website with the latest on weight loss, nutrition and fitness is supporting the results of a new study that shows how a vegetarian diet can reduce the risk of heart disease.
The study, conducted by the University of Oxford and published in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, found that a vegetarian diet can significantly reduce people’s risk of heart disease.
The study was conducted in the UK and examined 45,000 participants for a decade, monitoring their eating patterns and accounting for their age, lifestyle habits, education level and socioeconomic status. The study concluded in 2009, and after analysis results showed that a vegetarian diet could reduce the risk of heart disease by 32%.
The logic behind these findings suggests that a plant-based diet reduces cholesterol levels as well as blood-pressure, which ultimately affects risks of heart disease. The study further reinforces the notion that diet plays a significant role in overall health, especially in relation to preventing heart disease.
“This study is the latest in what is a growing body of research supporting a vegetarian diet to prevent heart disease,” says healthy eating expert Tal Brodsky, a Lean Life Coach at Lean On Life. “Integrating more raw vegetables and greens into your diet is an excellent way to improve your overall health,” he says.
Lean On Life encourages those seeking to reduce their cholesterol levels and blood-pressure to consider switching to a plant-based diet. While the transition may seem drastic or difficult, small lifestyle changes to eating habits can go a long way. For instance, eliminating certain animal products that are high in saturated fat can be a good first step.
Lean On Life cautions that although a vegetarian diet may help reduce the risk of heart disease, users must ensure that they continue to include proper protein sources in their diets. Sources such as legumes, nuts, cheese, yogurt, and eggs are all good sources of protein containing essential amino-acids.
Ultimately, Lean on Life suggests opting for whole, natural foods that are closest to their natural state. Generally, the less processed the foods, the healthier they are. Another positive outcome of such a diet could be weight loss, and an overall stronger feeling of wellness.
Lean On Life is a healthy lifestyle website that provides expert-driven knowledge from doctors, nutritionists, fitness trainers and life coaches. The site takes a hands-on approach to making weight-loss, healthy eating and fitness a simple achievable lifestyle change.